Cabinet Appoints Former MJCA CEO to Lead the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration

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Cabinet has announced the appointment of Papāli’i John Taimalelagi Afele as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.)

Papāli’i has previously worked in Samoa’s Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, for over 10 years and worked his way up the ranks until he was appointed CEO from 2016 to 2019.

In May 2019, Cabinet announced the termination of Papalii’s contract following a one month suspension to investigate  charges brought against him by the Public Service Commission.

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The PSC charges related to Court files being removed from MJCA premises and delivered to then Minister Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu. Other charges filed by PSC against Papalii alleged inappropriate behaviour towards female employees.

Papalii John maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal, despite three written reports by women who felt they being harassed at the workplace.

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The Government Press release confirms Papalii has worked in the court system in the New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Auckland University of Technology.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific in 2003. He also passed a Certificate of Samoan Customary Mediation from Otago University.

Papalii’s appointment is for three years.

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